The Ireland international joined Stoke from West Brom at the end of July. Tim Goode
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James McClean reportedly involved in bust-up with team-mates during Stoke defeat

Stoke suffered a 3-0 defeat to Wigan last night and are winless after three games in the Championship.

JAMES MCCLEAN WAS reportedly involved in a bust-up with Stoke City team-mates during the Potters’ 3-0 defeat at home to Wigan Athletic last night.

The Ireland international has suffered a difficult start to life at the bet 365 Stadium, with Stoke failing to win any of their opening three games in the Championship this season.

According to The Daily Telegraph, manager Gary Rowett confirmed that McClean had been involved in an exchange with goalkeeper Jack Butland and club captain Ryan Shawcross at half-time during Wednesday’s night defeat.

“Reputations now mean nothing,” Rowett said. ”I’ve got to start picking the team on which players deserve to be in, not which players have played in the Premier League for 10 years.

“It was weak and pathetic and if you do that you’re going to lose games of football.

“When you’re not winning games everybody gets a bit edgy and frustrated. We’ve got to take collective responsibility, it’s no good fighting between ourselves.”

A brace from Will Grigg in-between another strike from Gavin Massey saw Stoke suffer a disappointing loss in front of their home supporters.

Previous draws against Brentford and Preston North End sees the Potters currently sit third from bottom after their opening three games this season.

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